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Old 04-15-2006, 02:57 AM   #1
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Default Estes Sky Rangers

Anyone try one of these?

Was at Wal*Mart tonight and noticed them and for $30 I just had to pick one up.

Only problem is I misread the box and got AA batteries for the TX instead of AAA

Looks like it'll take longer to put on the decals then it will to assemble the plane!

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Old 04-15-2006, 03:17 AM   #2
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Looks neat Forest. I've seen 'em but never really paid 'em any mind. Do I see a bungee type launcher comes with it?

I'll be interested to see how it does. Keep me posted
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Old 04-15-2006, 03:45 AM   #3
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Yep there's a bungee launcher.

Funny thing is when I go to the Estes site there's a link to the Cox Warbirds and the Cox F4U has the EXACT same dimensions as this does.
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Old 04-15-2006, 03:48 AM   #4
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That's intersting. The cox birds aren't RTF though are they?
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:05 PM   #5
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Someone from my work was getting into RC planes and tried them. They appear to be fragile. Now, this guy is kind of an idiot and isn't really the careful type..... so how well it flies is up in the air, but I can tell you that they don't tolerate impact well. I suppose one of these days I'll get around to trying one.

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Still haven't had a chance to maiden it yet but one thing I did (or rather didn't) do was use the double sided tape to hold the wing halves togeather. I figured the plastic break away clips would be enough and this way I can put everything back in the box for storage.
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I'm not exactly sure how similar these are to the Cox Warbirds, but the airframe is the same. Estes owns Cox and the planes are produced in the same factory. There are several threads over at rcgroups.com about this, one of which has several posts from the gentleman who is in charge of production for Cox/Estes. I know the electronics are different.

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So how does it fly?

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The Flying part is easy.... it's the landings that will do you in. :p
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Haven't had a chance to do a real test yet. Flew it for about 20 seconds in the parking lot and all I can say is I need more room, the thing is too fast to try and control in a small area.

One dissapointment is the batteries only have about two minutes worth of power in them (static testing) and if you hit the "land" button on the Tx you can't restart the motor without turning the switch on the plane off then back on.
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Originally Posted by ForestCam View Post
if you hit the "land" button on the Tx you can't restart the motor without turning the switch on the plane off then back on.
That isn't an acceptable feature. I could understand turning the transmitter back on to reset, but to do that on the plane itself isn't cool.

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Any update as to how well they fly?

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Say ForestCam, any word on these things? Didja get it to fly?


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No, been too busy with other things. One thing I can say after the first unsuccesful flight is spend your money on a second or third AA instead.
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I have one of these things. The "AT-6" Which looks suspiciously like a Zero....

Just never got around to flying it. I may gut the thing and put small RC gear in it as the airframe is the same as the Cox Micro warbirds AFAICT.

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Old 09-08-2006, 02:43 AM   #15
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I almost bought one, but the controller steered me away from it rather quickly. It looks like a model rocket control! (for those of you who don't know, Estes is known for their model rockets, not their planes.)
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Old 09-08-2006, 04:11 AM   #16
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I purchaed the p47 it flew to the right ot of control into the ground returned it and bought the ar hog ace ,it fllys good just put some nose weight like a servo screw in the front nose dont put the decals on it, and remove the wing struts, it flys great.
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Originally Posted by GTO@2 View Post
I almost bought one, but the controller steered me away from it rather quickly. It looks like a model rocket control! (for those of you who don't know, Estes is known for their model rockets, not their planes.)
Hold on.... the Estes and Cox Corporation are sister companies. As a referance, my Estes 747 outflies quite a few of my other planes, that thing rocks.

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Old 09-08-2006, 12:37 PM   #18
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yes the 747 is an airplane the rest are cheap made toys
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:42 PM   #19
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hi i owned 2 of them pics here http://www.rchangout.com/gallery/sho...0/ppuser/11057 i only flew the p 40. but i got 20+ flights out of it before i tried to fly in higher winds than it was capable of handeling and crashed her. there fun little toys and look nice in the air. they are very fragile. but at the low price and the nice looks i could'nt resist. im going to put some real rc in the 47. esc, elevator and rudder. it could turn out to be something cool. clear skies and good flying
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Old 10-25-2006, 05:50 AM   #20
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Default Modifying Estes P-47; see Warbirds WW2 section.

I can confirm the poor launch tendency of the P-47 during a hand launch. Mine went to full power and flew into the ground immediately after I threw it. Broke every propeller that came with it. Now, maybe I am just not good at throwing lawn darts, but I threw it without power and it glided beautifully every time. I am modifying it to true RC, so check my build thread (pics included).

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Your correct rhondas don't put the decals on. Sadly airhog doesn't know of this problem because I asked and told them that when I put the decals on I couldn't get my plane to stay in the air. I also have seen where some say it didn't affect there planes but all I can tell you is I flew without decals and it flew excellent put the decals on and wouldn't climb period. So we have a big mistery here:p Jimmi
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Originally Posted by jimmi View Post
Your correct rhondas don't put the decals on. Sadly airhog doesn't know of this problem because I asked and told them that when I put the decals on I couldn't get my plane to stay in the air. I also have seen where some say it didn't affect there planes but all I can tell you is I flew without decals and it flew excellent put the decals on and wouldn't climb period. So we have a big mistery here:p Jimmi
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Yes three things must be done right out of the box an exspert club member and book writer on free flights helped me ,the first thing he said ,[1] no decals,I asked why ,he said to much drag ,[2] then he took out the wing struts ,again to much drag and the wings are so short and strong you don't need them, [3] put a small servo screw or any small self tapping screw in the nose no longer than 3/8ths ,since day one I flew my air hog in 5- 6 MPH winds and 100 feet high up and never a problem.
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I have one of the Estes Sky Rangers. It's the yellow one with two props. It takes a much larger space to fly than the AHAA, but it's a lot faster. It's launched by hand and is brittle. I've knocked several large gashes in the leading edge of the wings hitting trees and stuff. I've even broken it in half twice while crashing into the driveway. Scotch tape fixes it like new. The engine pods have both broken off and had to be epoxied back on. It comes with two extra props, which is cool because they come off easy or break easy. I've lost the first two already. If I lose another one I can't fly it anymore.

It's fast, flies straight and true. But the controller will stop turning if you hold the turn longer than 1.5 seconds. Makes it hard to dive away from trees in a wind. And you have to turn it off after two minutes and turn it back on or it won't thrust anymore. I can't understand why.

I like my little bipe much better, but for $20 it's not bad.
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I tryed a simalar bi plane at sharper image what a piece of crap. I got it to fly left but being that the motor has a magnet on it was the first thing to come off/break. Took it back and the guy even agreed it was junk but before I bought one I told the girl there thAt I hoped it wasn't junk cause it was coming back and she assured me it wasn't. When I brought it back for my refund I asked why would they sell something so easy to break and the guy told me that thats the reason they no longer have a CEO due to ording junk. I didn't ask I was told this Jimmi
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Hey every one I bought this plane a few weeks ago and at first I hated it because it was so hard to get the damn thing to turn...I figured it out after hitting a power line infront of my house and cartwheeling it across the grass a few times at the park...lol....when you guys try to fly this plane for the first time dont try to power the turn another words hit the direction stick and let off the gas then hit the gas. It may take a few times before it pitches well but it makes the plane turn so much faster....FYI ~ ~ when landing get the plane to somewhat go straight and then just let off the gas and then correct the pitch by useing the rudder...AND WHAT EVER YOU DO do not try to belly land in the grass side walks and baceball dimonds are the best to land on....any way Im off to get a new plane from walmart I see the make a mustang and a few other war birds and I want to try them out as well......


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